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IVF Treatment For Older Women On The NHS
Women aged 40 to 42 will be allowed one cycle of IVF so long as it is their first attempt, the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (Nice) says.
Previously Nice only recommended treatment up to the age of 39.
Lesbian couples will also qualify for IVF, as long as they have a diagnosed infertility problem.
People with infectious diseases, such as HIV, or a physical disability that prevents them from having intercourse will also be eligible.
Nice chief executive Sir Andrew Dillon said recent advances in fertility treatment had prompted a review of existing NHS guidelines.
He said: "It is because of these new advances that we have been able to update our guidelines on fertility, ensuring the right support, care and treatment is available to those who will benefit the most."
Same-sex couples have welcomed the change to NHS rules.
Lesbian author Kiki Archer and her civil partner Nicki have two children through private fertility treatment.
She told Sky News the guidelines meant all couples could have children, regardless of income.
"Whenever same-sex couples have children it is carefully thought through," she said.
"This opens another door. It's another option for those families who can't afford fertility clinics."
But there are concerns that the NHS will refuse to implement the guidelines.
It currently funds around 25,000 IVF attempts a year, each costing £3,000.
And a survey in 2011 revealed a postcode lottery, with only a quarter of NHS areas funding the full number of cycles recommended by the existing guidelines.
Dr Sue Avery of the British Fertility Society said: "There is a huge variation in the provision of treatment.
"There are some areas where couples can access three cycles as recommended by Nice. But in other areas couples may get one and some there is no funding at all."
what do you think?
Is this what the nhs is for ?thought it was for treating ppl that were ill
People are waiting years 4 operations that can save there lives or give them quality of life but a minority throw a tantrum an the pc brigade jump its ridiculous the world is a mental place rite now
It may sound harsh but I'd get rid of IVF completely. If you can't have kids biologically then adopt.
I'm sorry, but unless you have experienced infertility, you cannot judge if we should be allowed to have IVF. There are many reasons why people are infertile, most are not their fault (i.e due to cancer treatment), does that mean they shouldn't be allowed to have children of their own?
Yes, they can adopt.
I would not be happy dying in hospital because they cannot afford life saving treatment knowing in the floor above the money was being spent on some over the hill bird having ivf that may not work.
Totally agree with all the comments so far